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Oscar Predictions: Part 1

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It’s Oscar Day! This is part one of three of my Oscar predictions. This post features:

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Review: Hidden Figures

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Directed by: Theodore Melfi
Written by: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons

Summary: Three black women lead a team of mathematicians in the 1960s making significant contributions to the space program and contributing to the success of groundbreaking space missions.

How has this story not been told before? and if it has, how has it not gotten more attention? Hidden Figures tells a really interesting story aboutย a pocket of NASA history that I had no idea existed. This is the kind of fun fact that sends me on a Wikipedia spiral where I start by searching for the story of the black mathematicians at NASA and three hours later wind up reading something about Jeffrey Dahmer.

This story is really cool. But this movie is really not. (more…)

Review: Arrival

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Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Written by: Eric Heisserer, based on the story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Summary: Linguist professor Louise Banks is brought in by the U.S. military to help communicate with aliens that have made their first contact with Earth. International tensions rise and Louise is under pressure find answers about the aliens and about herself.

I don’t know what I was expecting from Arrival but it wasn’t this. From the outside it looks like a potentially interesting movie about aliens, but it turns out to be far more complex than that. (more…)